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A Global Print Driver for cross vendor printing

“Printing is the Achilles heel of computing. And no universal driver can be done…” and “The only way to “fix” this is to be part of the company at the start and fight for a standard for printers – same model, same driver, etc”

Do these kinds of quotes sound familiar? You probably have heard these (and more) coming from colleagues, CIOs and IT forum contributors. You may even have said something similar yourself!

PaperCut printing to many printer brands with the single Global Print Driver.

Granted, the “one ring to rule them all” approach is hard. Designing software to manage and control printing, we understand only too well how print drivers can be frustrating for Systems Administrators who spend an enormous amount of time troubleshooting.

If you’ve struggled setting up a single virtual print queue in a mixed brand environment for that very reason, PaperCut now helps solve the cross-vendor printing dilemma with a Global Print Driver.

Whether you’re in a large organization or a multi-building educational campus, you will immediately benefit from printing documents to a single queue with your existing fleet. Users will enjoy the flexibility of printing first, then choosing the most convenient printer (no matter what brand). As the sysadmin, you won’t have to worry about help desk calls if they choose to try and print to another branded device.

Just for clarity, the PaperCut Global Print Driver is not simply a new name for a “universal driver” offered by leading printer manufacturers. These universal print drivers are designed to work with multiple models across a single brand. PaperCut’s Global Print Driver works across multiple models and multiple brands.

If you’ve got an existing dominant brand of printer and need to use the manufacturer print driver (e.g. if stapling, tray management or other specific device features are required), an advanced-level feature in PaperCut v14.3, PDL transforms, may be useful. It will allow you to write scripts that automatically modify the output produced by one (vendor-based) driver to map to capabilities on another device. Perhaps you’d map “Tray 1” to “Tray=Upper”, for example. If we go into the detail about how this works in the blog, you’ll be reading for a while, so for those who are keen here’s the link to the manual.

As always PaperCut are continuing to extend this functionality and compatibility over time. Let us know your experiences to help make PaperCut work for your environment.  More information.

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V14.3: The importance of accessibility

Physical barriers to technology in the workplace can prevent people with a disability from being productive and working to their full potential. Imagine the difficulties in reading small text on a monitor screen if you are vision impaired, or using a touch screen on a photocopier from a wheelchair. It’s important for all of us to deliver an accessible workplace.

PaperCut's accessibility compliance allows those users with visual impairment to easily release their print jobs.

Accessibility is not just about compliance

There are a number of standards out there, whether it’s WAI compliance for web or ensuring your software works with screen readers.

It’s not just about standards, it’s about how a system works in the real world. We believe the best way to do that is to work closely with customers and listen to input and ideas. It’s often the small lateral solutions that have the best results. Version 14.3 introduces one such feature that makes PaperCut more accessible.

Easy auto-release of print

Users with vision impairment or limited mobility no longer have to attempt to navigate a print release screen on a MFD (Find Me printing). PaperCut can be configured to automatically release all print jobs after a simple card swipe. Systems Administrators can enable this print accessibility feature for these users by creating a domain group.

It’s a small change that makes a big improvement. This idea came from the team working at one of Australia’s leading universities along with their Authorized Solution Center Partner. Ensuring equitable access to information technology is an important requirement for all organizations.

There’s so much more in v14.3 including a new cross vendor global print driver and an easy way to allow guests to print without having to join your wi-fi network.

To read more about what’s in the release, check out:

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